Govt fails to establish Directorate of Medico-Legal Services

LARKANA: Despite passage of four years, the Sindh government has failed to establish either separate cadre for Medico-Legal Doctors or Directorate of Medico-Legal Services in the province on the pattern of Punjab.

In this connection, a letter was sent to Director General, Health Services, Sindh, Hyderabad and its copies sent to police surgeons of Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and Larkana for preparing PC-1, district-wise, for effective running of medico-legal work all over Sindh.

In yet another letter, comments were sought from the same officers for implementation of the decisions made by National Judicial Committee (Policy Making), Islamabad. The then Police Surgeon of Larkana, Dr. Safiullah Abbasi, wrote to the health secretary in his comments on 19th July 2011 that four medico-legal officers are posted in medico-legal section and the medical superintendent, Chandka Medical College Hospital, make transfer/posting of the MLOs in MLC section frequently due to which this vital section suffers badly. He further wrote that these MLOs are basically medical officers and are detailed to work as MLOs adding that MLOs have no formal training of MLC work but they are compelled to work as MLO and the Women MLOs are working on 15-days rotation basis deputed from all CMCH wards and District Health Officers adding that they also don’t have formal training in the relevant field.

The PS had suggested that MLOs/WMLOs may be posted by the Health Department directly and in SNE-2011-12 two posts of MLOs and one of WMLO have been sanctioned but not filled which may be filled on regular basis. He further suggested that forensic medicine professor and others of Benazir Bhutto Medical University must be bound to train these MLOs & WMLO to make them skilled in MLC work for which Vice Chancellor may be requested to make arrangements to provide speedy justice to the needy.

But despite that nothing has been done as yet to establish the directorate of medico-legal services, filling of the vacant posts or preparing of the required PC-1 resulting loss to the suffering people.

The health department has forgotten what it had to do as it has never issued any reminder to its subordinates who have not so far prepared PC-1 and send it for approval. The post of police surgeon (BS-20) in entire Sindh should be made independent of the administrative control of any medical superintendent so that they can discharge their duties efficiently without any fear or the directorate of ML Services be established immediately. The affected people of Larkana division have demanded establishment of separate directorate immediately for Medico-Legal Services so that cases are not delayed or manipulated..

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